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How Long Does It Take to Read Each Book of the Bible? Plus a FREE Printable!

Do you ever have a few extra minutes and think of picking up the Bible to read and then don’t?

It happens to me sometimes, especially when I am sitting waiting for doctor appointments.

I have this perception that it takes so long to accomplish reading a book of the Bible, and I am reluctant to get started without knowing if I can finish before my time is up.

So, I hatched this idea: how long does it take to read each book of the Bible?

If I knew that, I could choose a book that I had time to finish before my appointment.

It would help me fit in reading times without getting interrupted.

That’s where this list came from.

Online, I found a list of every book of the Bible and how many words were in each book.

Then, based on the average reading speed according to trusty ol’ Google of 200 words per minute, I figured out how long each book would take to read.

Although I actually read faster than 200 words per minute, I found that when I was testing these estimated times for reading the books of the Bible, I read slower than the estimated time.

I think that this is because I tend to meditate on the scripture and mentally compare it to other passages.

It would take longer if you were reading it out loud as the average person speaks about 150 words per minute when reading aloud –however, I have found audio Bibles to be useful tools especially when I am struggling to read due to my health issues.

I hope that this will encourage others to read more of the Bible –myself included.

Although I have read through the entire Bible more than once in the past, I would like to do it again if my health doesn’t prohibit me.

It doesn’t seem that daunting when you realize you could sit down and read the book of Jude, for example, in about 3 minutes.

How Long Does It Take To Read a Book of the Bible-CLICK HERE DOWNLOAD THE PDF: “How Long Does It Take To Read a Book of the Bible?”

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Blessings,

Sarah Forbes

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How Do I Do It All? Plus A Free Peace Day Challenge Printable

#biblicalpeacedaychallenge

The last week or so has been challenging for me.

I am having flare-ups from my car accident.

Although the car accident was over six months ago, I seem to be healing more slowly than average due to the complexities of my health issues.

I am particularly struggling to remain peaceful with the amount of pain I am dealing with –often so much that I cannot even walk.

Earlier this week someone asked me how I do it all –how do I run a house, stay organized, do everything that I am supposed to do?

There is a simple answer: I don’t.

I simply don’t do it all.

I cannot do it all.

And, I don’t believe that God expects me to.

Every day, I am expected to get done what I can do.

If I cannot do it, I was not expected to do it that day.

God doesn’t expect from us what we cannot give.

He knows that we are frail humans, and He knows what we are capable of.

I have a rule that if I can’t do it without yelling, being unkind or not being peaceful, I’m not doing it.

My testimony in front of my children is more important than the task.

I am struggling to maintain that testimony, but I am striving to do so in spite of daily pain and immobility.

I don’t have some magic solution to life that makes me able to handle all of life’s challenges beautifully.

I am not super organized and a super mom.

What I have done is I have trusted God with the things that I cannot control.

I have trusted Him with the things I cannot do.

If I cannot do it today –either because my health or circumstances prohibit me– then God did not intend me to do it today.

If I understand this, it alleviates the frustration and guilt associated with trying to do it all and failing.

If what I do today is completely surrendered to the Lord, if I am okay with whatever He brings my way, then I will not be angry when I am unable to do the things that I thought that I was supposed to do.

I only feel out of control when I fail to remember that He is in control.

So, how do I do it all?

I don’t.

I don’t even try to do it all.

I try to do what is truly important –things that have eternal value.

I try to be a servant to my family –as much as I can be in a state of ongoing health problems.

And I surrender the rest to the Lord.

Most of the problems I have –most of the time that I have had anger– is when my ideas of how my day should go come face to face with how the Lord is allowing my day to go.

When things don’t go my way, it often results in anger if I cannot remember that He is in control of all, knowing all, directing all.

Far more important than if my house was cleaned today….

Or if dinner was made on time…

Or if all the dishes were done…

Or if my homeschool plan was fulfilled…

… is my testimony before my children.

How I respond when things do not go my way matters.

How I handle the imperfect situations shows my children how they should respond when things inevitably do not go their way.

It is our testimony to our children about whether or not we really believe that God is in control.

We say that we believe God is in control.

But do we show that in how we act?

The things that need to be done are never more important than the attitude we have while doing them.

We tend to think that our character is reflected in what we accomplish –if we get enough done– when in reality our character is reflected in how we do what we do.

The amount accomplished has little to do with it.

Do only what you can do with an attitude that honors the Lord!

We should be far more concerned with how we do things than how many things we accomplish.

We can trust what happens to the Lord who is in control of all.

And, we can never go wrong by focusing on our character –which is eternal– over our to-do list –which is temporal.

Below you can download some free printable to remind you to focus on your testimony to your children and family.

Choose PeaceClick here to download the above image

 

I have a rule that if I can't do it without yelling, being unkind or not being peaceful, I'm not doing it. My testimony in front of my children is more important than the task.

Click here to download the above printable

Blessings,

Sarah Forbes

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Jesus Wants You to Be at Peace

Do you feel at peace?

Do you feel that you have calm in the storm you are facing right now?

Do you feel anchored and able to face all the things coming at you?

Do you feel that you have the tools you need to deal with the situations in your life?

Are you confident that you can handle any situation with peace?

Biblical Peace Day Challenge

I recently wrote a series about maintaining your peace and calm in the midst of life’s chaos.

I am the first to admit that I have not entirely mastered this topic, but I have made significant headway based on the methods I wrote about in these posts.

Now, when I lose my cool, I have the tools I need to look introspectively, observe my behavior and motivation, and adjust my behavior in the future.

The strength that comes from being peaceful is not something we normally think about.

We normally think that loud is strong –not quiet.

Never assume that loud is strong and quiet is weak.

Peace is within our grasp: it is what we are called to.

The following are the posts in the series I wrote about getting to a place of peace. If you find yourself without peace, yelling, stressing, constantly running trying to get everything done, take some time to read these.

Peace is possible.

Here are the posts in this series.

God has called us to peace….Peace Day Challenge, Part 1: We are Called to Peace

My testimony about learning to live in peace in spite of chronic health issues….Peace Day Challenge, Part 2: Even If the Healing Never Comes: Choosing Contentment

Verses to remind us to live in peace….Peace Day Challenge, Part 3: Scriptures Verses About Living in Peace

This is my challenge to you to spend one day in peace according to my conditions and see if it doesn’t make a difference in your life….Peace Day Challenge, Part 4: The Actual Peace Day Challenge

An example in my life of struggling to learn to be peaceful…..Peace Day Challenge, Part 5: Yes, I Still Lose My Cool Sometimes

This is how I use my peace day experiences to make my regular days function better….Peace Day Challenge, Part 6: Peace Day Challenge Reflections

Here are a few things I have learned from my Peace Day reflections:

1. Eat first when making dinner. Seriously. If you lose your temper while making dinner, try eating a high protein snack before starting. It will help you maintain your peace.

2. When you are in pain, do not try to correct your children. You will end up yelling at them. Ask your husband to do it or deal with it later.

3. If you hurt when you get home from the grocery store, wait until tomorrow to put non-perishables away. It won’t matter if the grocery bags sit on the floor for a day or two. If you’re in pain and push yourself, you will be impatient and unkind.

4. If you are stressed out, order pizza or go get a rotisserie chicken. It will give you time to relax and isn’t that expensive. Trying to make dinner when you are already stressed out will not help you maintain a peaceful existence.

5. On days when you don’t feel well, skip homeschool classes that require your help. It will use up all your limited energy and then you won’t have the energy for dinner or taking care of your family.

6. Get off social media when it is making you grumpy. You will transfer that to your interaction with your family. If you are grumpy, focus on God’s goodness instead of social media nastiness.

Those are just a few adjustments I have made to how I handle my life as a result of focusing on peace.

It is my prayer that this concept will be a blessing to those who read about it and bring peace to the homes of many families.

You can have peace in your house, mamas.

Take the Peace Day challenge!

Jesus wants you to be at peace.

Blessings,

Sarah Forbes

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40 Printable Bible Verse Flash Cards

Due to my children’s learning disabilities, they really struggled with memorization.

For that reason, I backed off Bible verse memorization a while ago and have just recently decided to revisit it.

I started by making a list of verses that I thought were important for them to have memorized and made them into flashcards.

Some of these they already have memorized, and others are simply my favorite verses.

It was important to me to avoid verses that have confusing interpretations.

This is just the start of Bible curriculum I am compiling for my boys.

Here is a sample of the flashcards.

Sample Bible Verse Flash Card.PNG

Download the PDFs (20 flashcards in each PDF; PDFs updated)

Bible Verse Flash Cards 1

Bible Verse Flash Cards 2

Blessings,

Sarah Forbes

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Peace Day Challenge, Part 6 | Peace Day Challenge Reflections

If you’ve been following along with my Biblical Peace Day posts (#biblicalpeacedaychallenge on Facebook), you might notice that I got off my originally planned schedule.

Ironically, this whole series has been about how to handle situations when things don’t go as planned –because, let’s be honest when do things actually go as planned, like, ever?

So, I had the opportunity to test my ideas first hand this week and see if they really work –I am relieved to be able to say that my approach worked.

Earlier this week we talked about seeking peace and choosing to do activities that you could do while maintaining your peace.

After all, we are called to be peaceful.

Then, how do we deal with the things that stress us out?

If we are choosing to be peaceful what do we do when faced with things that do not bring us peace?

The following is a list of things that have helped me, as well as PDF print outs to help you brainstorm solutions for your particular situation, to help you find peaceful approaches to your stressful issues.


1. Pray

I have been able to pray myself through stressful situations.

It doesn’t fix every problem, and sometimes –like in the case of a panic attack or health crisis– I need medical attention and not solely prayer.

But, we are commanded to pray without ceasing, and we know that we are supposed to make our requests known to God.

Whether God chooses to answer us with a “Yes,” “No,” or “Wait,” prayer can help.

But, it is more than just telling God what we want or need.

Prayer can have a meditative and calming affect on us.

Even if it doesn’t change our situation, it can have a calming effect on us.

It helps us to know that God is listening and working behind the scenes even if we cannot see what He is doing.

Stress makes you believe that everything has to happen right now. Faith reassures you that everything will happen in God’s timing.

Reminding myself that God is ultimately in control can have a soothing effect on my nerves.

I have even been known to chant, “God is in control” over and over under my breath to calm myself.

Don’t forget to give thanks for everything –even the things you don’t feel thankful for.

The unthankful heart discovers no mercies but the thankful heart will find in every hour, some heavenly blessings. —Henry Ward Beecher


2. Quote scripture

I have been known to quote scripture over and over to help destress.

The Lord is with me; I will not be afraid. What can man do it me?

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.”

Neither height nor depth nor any other thing shall be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus.”

Or “He has given us everything we need for life and godliness.”

I will use scripture I’ve memorized as a mantra, a chant to soothe my anxiety and stress.

My children jokingly tell me to go to my happy place.

I have a funny story about that which I will share another time.

Other verses that might help you:

God is faithful.

God is good.

God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.

Meditating on Scripture can help keep us calm during difficult times.


3. Listen to calming music

I like praise music.

It helps me focus on the Lord and helps me get through hard stuff.

Praise music can have a huge calming effect on me, but I cannot guarantee it will have that effect on everyone.

Others may find that classical music or some other kind soothes and calms them better.

I have a playlist on YouTube just for this purpose.

There are many many songs that were written about God’s faithfulness and trusting God during the hard times.

I cling to those songs and sing them to myself when I need to be reminded that the Lord is still there and still in control.

The Bible never once says “Figure it out.” But over and over it says “Trust God.” He’s already got it all figured out.


4. Get medical treatment

Adhd, anxiety, thyroid, adrenal problems –and more– can cause a difficulty in keeping calm and peaceful.

People who are emotionally, psychologically, and physically healthy don’t react badly to stress.

I mean it: our bodies were created to handle normal amounts of stress like making dinner, cleaning houses, and teaching our children.

Abnormal amounts of stress can cause trauma.

If basic things that probably shouldn’t be stressing you are stressing you, you need to get some help.

Many times, our natural instincts take over, but they are misfiring like I described in my previous post.

Don’t give up looking for help until you get it.

Be your own advocate, and push if you have to –I had to keep pushing until I got answers.

If you’re not well, you’re not going to be equipped to take care of your family.

If you’re not well, it’s not your fault.

Cut yourself slack.

You can only function as well as your body and mind are able to.

Seriously, get help.

You owe it to your family to take care of yourself so that you can take care of them.

I know first hand that you can’t take care of others if you can’t even take care of yourself.


5. Accept what you cannot control

Accept it if it’s not perfect.

Be more concerned about your testimony –the condition of your heart– than your house –the external and visual conditions of your body, house, car, family, etc.

Men judge the outside, but the Lord judges the heart.

Me getting to the point that it was okay if things weren’t perfect was huge!

God cares what your children’s hearts look like, not what your homeschool room looks like –Karen Debeus

God also cares about what your heart looks like, not what your house looks like. I have a whole post about this topic.

If you are here, God put you here for a reason.

Accept that He has a reason for what is happening.

It is in your broken places you are most often used by God. –Christine Cain


6. Observe your own behavior

Learn the clues as to when you’re reaching your limit.

Back off before you get to the point of yelling or being overwhelmed.

I have a whole post here about learning to identify your anger triggers and curbing it.

Whether you have a slow build to crazy mom or you go from sane to crazy mom in .02 seconds, know yourself.

We can’t always stop ourselves before we lose it, but we can learn from it —and apologize to those around us for our bad behavior.

When you do lose it, make note of what your trigger was.

Remember that the goal is to stay a peace and calm –no matter what happens.

“Never assume that loud is strong and quiet is weak.”

Yesterday, my trigger was arguing children.

You can see my post about this yesterday.

I am sure I am the only one who dislikes arguing children, right?

If you’re not aware of what you’re doing and how you’re responding ask your spouse or oldest child to tell you when you start getting snappy.

And then, actually listen and don’t snap when they tell you.

I have been guilty of biting my oldest’s head off when he tells me I’m overreacting.

He’s very faithful to tell me when I am not acting politely.


7. Be pre-emptive.

Figure out what is causing you stress, and then brain storm solutions so you can address the problem next time before you reach critical mass.

For example, if the dishes bother you and cause you stress like making you grumpy or yell, consider creative solutions such as:

  • using paper plates,
  • buying disposable baking pans,
  • hiring the teen down the road to come catch you up on dishes once a week,
  • asking your mom or friend for some help,
  • buying a dishwasher or a better quality dishwasher if you have one already,
  • teaching a child to do it with you if you can,
  • focusing on making one pot meals so you have less to wash,
  • making larger meals and have left overs so you are cooking and using dishes less often.

I have tried all of these and more to help me deal with the stress of doing the dishes.

For me, it is more than just stress since doing the dishes causes pain.

Some of these might cost more money or be less than the perfect solution, but is trying to appear perfect better than doing what works?

Better than not snapping and yelling at your children?

Remember the true show of your faith is in your character, in how you treat your children and husband.

Displaying good character and maintaining your testimony matters far more than how your house looks or if you are doing things the “right” way.

Since the Bible doesn’t tell us how to run our houses, there is no right way.

Our characters matter.

If I cannot give my children a perfect mother, I can at least give them more of the one they’ve got –and make that one more loving. I will be available. I will take time to listen, time to play, time to be home…, time to counsel and encourage. –Ruth Bell Graham

What did you know stressed you out before you even started your peace day?

What did you not realize stressed you out until you tried it and realized you weren’t doing it peacefully?

Now, how can you address those issues that stress you out?

Can you ask for help?

Delegate?

Hire someone?

Trade with a friend –like “Hey, I’ll watch your kids for a date night if you help me file these papers I hate filing,” for example?

You can’t go back and change the beginning, but you can start where you are and change the ending. –C.S. Lewis

If you need help with brainstorming ideas, comment here or on the Facebook page, and I will try to help you come up with more ideas.


8. Lower your expectations

Let’s say, for example, that you’re always exhausted by the time dinner time comes and often end up yelling.

What’s worse: that your child watches 30 or 40 minutes of Clifford the Big Red Dog while you make dinner in peace or that you do it the way you think is ideal and risk your testimony by yelling and losing your temper?

If dinner stresses you but you don’t want to use the TV, why not choose very simple dinners?

Think outside the box and make choices by putting an emphasis on your character –can you stay peaceful?

Can you maintain your testimony?

Can you do it without yelling, grousing, or otherwise being unkind?

If your house isn’t perfectly clean because you’re focused on little souls,you’re doing it right. –Sarah Forbes


9. Apologize

When you lose your temper — and you will eventually— apologize to your children and spouse.

Model good behavior which means if you can’t do it right, apologize for the failure.

Humble yourself and admit you’re not perfect.

They don’t need a perfect mom.

They need a surrendered mom.

They need an honest mom.

Maintaining your peace and your testimony in front of your family is far more important than anything you need to get done.

These children are your mission field.

“Children learn more from what you are than what you teach.”

Find ways, to do what needs to be done without ruining your testimony.

I thought parenting was going to portray my strengths, never realising that God had ordained it to reveal my weaknesses. –Dave Harvey


10. Learn to let go

Learning to let go of things you cannot control is not easy, and I’ll not insult your intelligence by suggesting that it is.

However, nothing kills our peace faster than fighting for an ideal we cannot attain.

The Lord uses disruptions to keep us dependent on Him.

I have a whole post about things you can and cannot control.


11. Find a support system

Remember that you’re surrounded by a cloud of unseen witnesses cheering you on to victory in Christ.

Expose yourself to people who have faced trials and been faithful.

Consider reading Foxe’s Book of Martyrs, for example.

Here’s a quote from fiction but that I find very faith-challenging:

“If the Lord will, He can save us even from this fearful peril; if not, let us calmly yield our lives into His hand, and think of the joy and blessedness of finding ourselves for ever and ever united in that happy home above. Even death is not too bitter, when it does not separate those who love one another.” –Johann David Wyss in The Swiss Family Robinson (This is what the father in the story told his children when they were abandoned by the crew sailing their ship and when they faced almost-certain death in the storm-raging seas.)

Church, family, friends, Facebook groups, and more can all form the basis of support that you can go to for help.

A counselor can help you with frustration.

Call a friend, and rant and rave –I do this, and it helps.

Some people process better when they talk it out.

If talking it out makes you more upset then don’t do this.

If it helps you calm down, do it.

Don’t ignore the importance of prayer as mentioned above.


Here are two files I made to help us list out our triggers and possible solutions to those triggers. One is list-style, and the other is a mind-map.

PDF Peace Day Reflections Brainstorming Stressors And Possible Solutions (Mindmapping)

PDF Peace Day Reflections Brainstorming Stressors And Possible Solutions (List Style)

Never feel guilty for wanting peace.

We all need times of peace for our sanity.

You’re actually doing better for your family by seeking peace.

Even though it is contrary to the way we are told we should be.

Peace comes from contentment and resting in God.

Contentedness is a spiritual issue, not a practical one. Contentedness will not come from being more organized, being a better wife, keeping a nicer home, living in a different place, taking more time for yourself, or whatever it is you think might help. Contentedness is learned by accepting life each day as God gives it to you, and adjusting your expectations to life’s limitations. — Sally Clarkson

How much better could your home life be if you could keep yourself peaceful?

If you could parent from a place of peace?

It is my prayer that peace would rule your heart.

Blessing,

Sarah Forbes

Here are the posts in this series. I will add the links as I publish the posts.

Peace Day Challenge, Part 1: We are Called to Peace

Peace Day Challenge, Part 2: Even If the Healing Never Comes: Choosing Contentment

Peace Day Challenge, Part 3: Scriptures Verses About Living in Peace

Peace Day Challenge, Part 4: The Actual Peace Day Challenge

Peace Day Challenge, Part 5: Yes, I Still Lose My Cool Sometimes

Peace Day Challenge, Part 6: Peace Day Challenge Reflections